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Fastest growing U.S. metro areas by decade

These metropolitan statistical areas added the most people between each Census count.
2020 MSA definitions applied to historical county populations
MSAs identified by their largest city. Some other major constituent cities accepted
Sources: 1, 2, 3
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1900–1910
2,016,399
New York City
675,119
Chicago
476,047
Pittsburgh
390,138
Philadelphia
370,640
Boston
348,573
Los Angeles
275,141
Seattle
227,595
San Francisco
222,298
Cleveland
213,157
St. Louis
 
 
1910–1920
1,445,037
New York City
779,849
Chicago
697,228
Detroit
480,539
Philadelphia
459,263
Los Angeles
329,220
Cleveland
321,113
Pittsburgh
302,361
Boston
222,449
San Francisco
183,774
Akron
 
 
1920–1930
2,430,322
New York City
1,329,336
Los Angeles
1,171,569
Chicago
885,417
Detroit
438,039
Philadelphia
338,073
San Francisco
303,444
Boston
293,549
Cleveland
280,658
Pittsburgh
207,705
St. Louis
 
 
1930–1940
826,682
New York City
589,237
Los Angeles
312,898
Washington, DC
214,002
Detroit
207,396
Houston
172,692
Miami
161,082
Chicago
106,513
Atlanta
106,138
Baltimore
105,748
San Francisco
1940–1950
1,451,508
Los Angeles
1,349,646
New York City
723,248
San Francisco
718,242
Chicago
663,785
Detroit
524,911
Philadelphia
523,273
Washington, DC
344,633
Seattle
337,112
Dallas
330,163
Houston
 
1950–1960
2,374,785
Los Angeles
2,046,479
New York City
1,255,540
Chicago
803,394
Miami
784,671
Philadelphia
779,405
Detroit
605,679
Washington, DC
518,046
Dallas
512,828
San Francisco
511,814
Houston
 
 
1960–1970
1,715,996
New York City
1,709,765
Los Angeles
869,805
Chicago
837,741
Washington, DC
739,546
Miami
647,643
Dallas
600,232
Houston
559,945
Philadelphia
481,670
Detroit
460,757
San Francisco
 
 
1970–1980
984,199
Miami
957,751
Los Angeles
942,411
Houston
592,780
Dallas
564,532
Phoenix
508,050
Tampa
503,992
San Diego
485,976
Atlanta
415,036
Riverside, CA
334,542
Denver
1980–1990
1,863,508
Los Angeles
1,030,611
Riverside, CA
972,098
Dallas
835,256
Miami
744,097
Atlanta
732,396
Washington, DC
638,510
Phoenix
636,170
San Diego
613,406
Houston
482,506
New York City
 
 
1990–2000
1,476,956
New York City
1,181,130
Atlanta
1,171,780
Dallas
1,091,907
Los Angeles
1,013,396
Phoenix
951,464
Miami
942,198
Houston
916,240
Chicago
680,672
Washington, DC
666,028
Riverside, CA
 
 
2000–2010
1,227,255
Houston
1,210,325
Dallas
1,023,290
Atlanta
970,030
Riverside, CA
941,011
Phoenix
799,592
Washington, DC
575,504
Las Vegas
574,107
New York City
557,071
Miami
501,313
Charlotte
 
 
2010–2020
1,270,845
Dallas
1,243,361
New York City
1,201,824
Houston
803,087
Atlanta
735,622
Washington, DC
652,945
Phoenix
578,953
Seattle
573,698
Miami
567,082
Austin
538,965
Orlando
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